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Caitlin Friedman
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Nov. 29 2010

“This fun and informative book shows aspiring young women how to build their own businesses from the ground up...and stand as tall as a Manhattan highrise.”

—Barbara Corcoran, author of If You Don’t Have Large Breasts Wear Ribbons in Your Pigtails


“This book will do for business what The Joy of Cooking did for the culinary world.”

—Ella Brennan, owner, Commander's Palace


The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business is a must-read guide for any woman who wants to ditch the cubicle and join the growing ranks of aspiring female entrepreneurs. Revised and updated to reflect a post–financial crisis and Twitter world, this essential business handbook by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio offers candid advice, frank talk, and true stories that will help every woman with a great business plan achieve her dream.

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From Publishers Weekly

Friedman and Yorio take girl power corporate in their friendly guide for women who want to start their own business. The two media mavens (they started their own PR agency in 2000, after working as publicists at Broadway Books and Artisan, as well as other media companies) offer a lighthearted alternative to books that teach readers "how to sound like a man and think like a man." Clearly experienced, Friedman and Yorio know launching a business is no walk in the park. They warn readers of all the bad stuff that comes with being the boss: feeling out of sync with the rest of the world, having to manage employees, being forced to rely on customers and clients and being responsible for knowing about taxes. But they also exalt the pleasures of being in charge. Their book covers virtually every aspect of running the show in language that isn't industry-specific, so it doesn't matter what kind of business readers want to start. Friedman and Yorio move from assessing finances and writing business plans to hiring employees and advertising. Their advice is always sound, if at times obvious (e.g., eat breakfast before business meetings, so your stomach doesn't grumble). And they give readers a break from their relentless cheerleading with sidebars featuring interviews with other successful female business owners, lists of inspirational "chick flicks" (like Baby Boom and Sliding Doors) and worksheets for calculating budgets. Their savoir faire and enthusiasm are infectious.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The authors, founders of a public relations and marketing firm, claim that when they formed their company they were unable to find an encouraging guidebook for women entrepreneurs. Having written their own, they offer women help both in determining the ideal business for their talents and in taking steps to develop it. They recommend becoming a "mensch," taking the high road in business dealings even if doing so costs a few extra dollars. Quizzes, checklists, and tips cover the challenges of being the boss, preparing a business plan, dealing with legal issues, recognizing the importance of marketing, and balancing family and work. Friedman and Yorio term their style "breezy in tone yet substantial in content"; it's not clear if this lighthearted approach to such a serious topic will appeal to women, but the content is thought provoking and important. Mary Whaley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice energy for the newbie business owner Jan. 21 2004
I read this book with the question, "Would I have benefited from this book when I started my own business?"
The answer is, "In some ways, yes." The authors create an energetic spirit through their upbeat, easy-to-read style. You find yourself saying, "Sure -- I can do this!" And, although increasing numbers of women are opening their own businesses, many identify with gender-based guides.
The authors focus as much on product as service businesses, and they discuss businesses with employees as well as solo acts. As a result, they offer a broad base, recognizing that readers must go elsewhere to achieve depth on any one topic.
The usefulness of specific guidance varies a great deal. The authors are best when dealing with matters of spirit and attitude. For example: "Keep emotions at home," "employees are not friends," and "recite these ten mantras regularly."

However, the section on mentoring can be misleading to a newbie. As a former academic, I had to chuckle when I read (p. 227): "Maybe the dean of the business school is a generous and knowledgeable soul who likes nothing more than to give advice to female entrepreneurs." In my experience, deans give free advice only to those outsiders who are likely to become large-scale donors. And I haven't met too many business school deans who are "generous and knowledgeable souls." These days, you have to expect to pay for mentors unless you are very, very lucky.
So bottom line, I'd recommend reading this book for energy and a "let's get going" mentality. You can get the specific how-tos elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Feb. 6 2004
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I love this book. This is aimed for women who want to start their own business. It's the only business book that I've read and its pretty easy to follow, the girls breakdown what you need to know, how to go about doing your own business, they're very inspiring and encouraging. They give you advice on how to deal with a lot of stuff when it comes to having your own business. Everything about having a plan to starting and keeping your business. Its so wonderful. There are lots of books out there about having your own business, and this is the one to buy if you're just starting out.
The book covers subjects like: if you're ready to own your own business, which business is right for you, legalities like licenses, permits, financials, funding, a business plan, promoting your business or product, what to do when you're the boss, acting like a professional, technology for your business, they also cover proposals, presentations and other business writing, at the end they give websites and other advice to finish off the book.
I'm glad that this book has been published, the advice in this book is very realistic. You can apply this advice in your life. These girls know what they're talking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Business Written for Women Jan. 31 2004
Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio wrote "The Girl's Guide To Starting Your Own Business" for female entrepreneurs looking for advice and encouragement.
Several years ago, when working as publicists for a New York publishing company, Friedman and Yorio realized that they were essentially running a little PR company-supervising employees and managing budgets-within their larger organization. But, they didn't receive the financial rewards. So, they decided to start their own PR business.
Friedman and Yorio write: "...we visited bookstores and conduced on-line searches to find information that would help us navigate the terrifying waters of self-employment. What we found were books that ranged from the vaguely helpful to the downright unreadable. We found books on marketing and books on funding, books on partnerships and books on parachutes. We found a lot of books about how to sound like a man and think like a man. But who wants to do that? ... What we never found was the book that said, 'You can do it, girl. All you need is ____, ____, and ____!" This book will fill in the blanks. And there are a lot of blanks."
Friedman and Yorio do a good job filling in the blanks. They discuss the good things and the bad things about running your own company. Selecting an attorney and an accountant is covered. Hiring, firing, and managing employees are also discussed as is office technology. And, some down-home advice is given for home-based business entrepreneurs, such as don't lie down on the couch or you'll fall asleep. And, "The to-do list is your friend."
A short list of questions helps readers decide if they'd be good entrepreneurs. (Hint: the authors suggest: "If you are not a hard worker-don't even think about starting your own business.
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The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business is a great addition to the entrepreneur bookshelf. The tone is direct and clear - and amusing. It provides what you need to know in the order you need to know it. I am starting a business, and found reading the book informative and inspiring. I especially appreciated their point of balancing knowing about business nuts and bolts (legal, accounting, et al) and keeping focus on your business.
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